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On our own behalf – The Beer Monopoly on the Forbes List „Best Booze Books of 2017“

We are speechless. Surprised. Humbled. Incredibly grateful. Our book The Beer Monopoly appears on this year`s Forbes List "Best Booze Books". No, no, it`s not the Forbes Rich List. Fat chance of us ever getting on to that one. The list was compiled by Tara Nurin and can be found here >>


USA – How to take a legacy craft brewer into modern times

Highland Brewing Company is Asheville’s first craft brewery and has been around for nearly 25 years. But recently it bid adieu to its iconic tartan wearing Scotsman and the bagpipes to give its flagship brews, like Gaelic Ale, a more contemporary look. Read on


USA – Flavoured bourbon becomes all the rage:
FEW whiskey and Chameleon coffee collaborate

The temperance women would be aghast. In Evanston, north of Chicago, where they had their headquarters, the craft distiller FEW has collaborated with a coffee company from Texas to produce – shock horror – a bourbon whiskey finished in coffee barrels. The bourbon – FEW Chameleon – won the collaboration award at the Beverage Forum, held in Chicago 24-25 April 2018. Read on


South Africa – Farmers take AB-InBev to competition watchdog

Farmers in South Africa have filed a complaint with the country’s competition watchdog about AB-InBev’s decision to change its pricing formula for buying malting barley, media reported on 7 May 2018. Reportedly, farmers worry the new formula will leave them worse off.

The farmers’ lobby group, Grain South Africa, has sent its complaint to the competition watchdog because it believes that AB-InBev has contravened one of the conditions set when the country’s Competition Tribunal approved its purchase of SABMiller. The Competition Commission investigates cases before deciding whether to refer them to the Tribunal for adjudication. Read on


USA – AB-InBev sues Heineken over Dutch brewer’s keg design

AB-InBev has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission that Heineken’s bag-in-bottle beer dispenser, introduced in 2015, infringes the company’s four US patents covering the concept, media reported in early May 2018.
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United Kingdom – Marks & Spencer sells beer made from old bread

Publicity stunt or right-on surplus food upcycling? The UK’s retailer M&S has launched a range of beers and ales made with surplus sandwich bread. As millions of slices of bread are wasted in Britain every day, M&S has started selling a new own-brand beer and ale range by the name “Used Our Loaf”. The beers are available for online orders from its website. Read on


Australia – Independent Brewers Association unveils independence seal

Nearly one year after its own rebranding, the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) on 9 May 2018 has launched a seal of independence to help consumers identify which beers are locally owned by independent Australian brewers.

The IBA hopes the launch of the seal will help shift consumer​ ​demand​ ​away​ ​from​ the Big brewers’ beers​ ​to​ locally owned independent products, especially as foreign owned multinational brewing companies are increasingly creating craft-like beer brands to cash in on the consumer trend towards more unique beer styles that are the hallmark of small independent brewers. Read on


Australia – Independent Brewers Association appoints new CEO

After a three-month public search, the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) on 7 May 2018 announced the appointment of a new CEO to take the work of the association into a new phase of development.

Alexis Roitman, the new CEO, is an experienced lobbyist, having worked in industry affairs for 15 years. As says the IBA in a press release, she has held senior leadership roles at numerous state and national industry groups, as well as consulting on industry affairs as Managing Director of Canvass, the agency she established in 2008. Read on

 

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